Memorial Day Events Happening Around Southeast Michigan

Heather Raulerson

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With all of the restrictions and cancelations still happening in Michigan, it might be hard for you to find something to do to celebrate Memorial Day. However, here are some events that are still happening this holiday. Before you go to them, make sure to check their websites and see if they are still on, as things might change as the date gets closer.

Milford Memorial Day Events

Milford Memorial Day Ceremonies will be at the American Legion at 7:30 a.m., Central Park in downtown Milford at 8 a.m., Oak Grove Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., and at the Milford Memorial Cemetery at 9 a.m. These ceremonies will be hosted by the Milford American Legion Post 216. The ceremonies will be brief, so make sure to show up early. There will be a flyover over Milford between 11 a.m. and noon. There will be NO Memorial Day Parade for 2021.

Eastpointe Memorial Day Events

The 2021 Eastpointe Memorial Day Parade be on Monday, May 31st at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the military museum 16600 Stephens (Stephens & Gratiot) and end at Spindler Park (Stephens & I94); the route is just slightly longer than the old one. Due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, we are not planning a ceremony at the end of this year’s parade. This is the 30th Anniversary of Desert Shield / Desert Storm, and the plan is to remember the nine Michigan service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in that conflict.

Royal Oak Memorial Day Events

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. on May 31st. The parade will start near Main Street at Lincoln and will proceed north to Second Street. This is one of the most prestigious parades held in Michigan, and high standards of this parade have held true for decades as a respectful tribute to our veterans – past and present. And this is the 100th anniversary of the city and the 100th anniversary of the Memorial Day Parade. There will be fewer people marching in this year’s parade to meet social distancing requirements. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum is expected to do a flyover of the parade in classic planes that the original Tuskegee airmen flew.

Northville Memorial Day Events

The Memorial Day Tribute is at the Rural Hill Cemetery, 215 West Seven Mile Road, in Northville, starting at 11 a.m. The Tribute for 2021 will be replacing the traditional Northville Memorial Day Parade.

Troy Memorial Day Events

The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Troy City Hall, 500 W Big Beaver Road in Troy, and will begin at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. It is time to honor the fallen men and women who served our country to ensure our freedom by memorializing speeches, music, and reflection. The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General (Ret) Donald F. Schenk. The ceremony will also include raising the colors by the Troy Police Department Honor Guard and the laying of a Memorial Wreath. The public is welcome to attend, and social distancing practices will be observed. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

Walled Lake Memorial Day Events

The Walled Lake Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on May 31st. A brief socially distanced ceremony to commemorate veterans will replace the Memorial parade for 2021. There is also a Walled Lake Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk on May 24 starting at 9 a.m.

Lake Orion Memorial Day Events

The Lake Orion Memorial Day Ceremony will be at the Orion Veteran’s Memorial starting at noon. There will also be a family-friendly 5K Run/Walk event that starts in Downtown Lake Orion and takes you along the beautiful Paint Creek Trail. This year will take you on the new section of path on Clarkston Road, including the Van Tassel Pedestrian Bridge. The 5-Mile will begin at 9 a.m., and the 5k Run/Walk will start at 9:15 a.m.

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